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PubMed Search: Melanin[title]
- Pigment normally found in skin, eye, substantia nigra, melanomas
- Melanin stains are Fontana-Masson (stains melanin black) and Schmorl method (stains melanin blue-green)
- Bleaching with potassium permanganate or hydrogen peroxide is used to remove melanin to examine cellular morphology
- Note: pseudomelanin of melanosis coli, usually found in macrophages, is PAS positive; true melanin is not
Melanoma, Fontana-Masson stain
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